Xbox 360 outsells Wii in Japan. Wait, what?

by Erik Johnsen

No, really. According to reports on Gamasutra, the Xbox 360, thanks in part to the releases of Tales of Vesperia and Infinite Undiscovery, outsold both the Wii and the Playstation 3 for the first time ever.

According to Enterbrain’s figures, as translated by website, the Xbox 360 sold 28,681 units for the seven days ending September 14th. By comparison the PlayStation 3 sold 8,050 units (a relatively normal figure for the last few weeks) and Wii sales were down to a recent low of 27,057 units.

Another major contributor to the recent success of the 360 in Japan was the recent price cut, of course.

Has Microsoft finally cracked the Japan market?

Nevertheless, the Xbox 360’s triumph is likely to have a long lasting effect on Japanese consumer and retailer confidence in the format, which Enterbrain now calculates to have sold 717,275 units over its lifetime in Japan.

Considering that the Xbox 360 usually sits in last place behind even the Playstation 2, this is a pretty shocking turn of events for the 360. It should be interesting to see where it goes from here as the sales potential is largely untapped for Microsoft in Japan.

Source: Gamasutra

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